I have so much to be thankful for, y’all. I spent today loving every minute of my work, in an office full of people who are passionate about their work, praying about an upcoming conference designed to help couples enrich their marriages, and enjoying a volunteer training meeting that prepped me to serve during that conference (which, as you know, enriches my marriage!). I know exactly how lucky I am to enjoy these blessings, then come home to my precious hubby and spend a little time catching up, singing along to Toto (still going strong!), and chatting about all the great things in our day. (Oh, and I’m still hand lettering like a fool – check it out on my social media if you want the details!)
All this points back to a practice Jordan and I started on our second anniversary last year: a gratitude jar. We wrote down everything wonderful that happened to us that we wanted to recount and put it in a pretty little jar on our dresser, and man, has that thing filled up already. We loved it so much we shared it with our families for Christmas, and they’re enjoying so far too!
So I wanted to take a minute to share this quick and easy project with you so you can feel the joy of being grateful for all the great things that happen in your life (there are so many!).
Here’s what you’ll need:
- a jar – go ahead and get a big one!
- ticket-size pieces of paper
- a pen
- a label of some kind (chalkboard stickers work great!)
Take the jar and wash it thoroughly, then dry it. Cut up the paper you’re planning to use to make it small enough to fit easily in the mouth of the jar, and then place it in the jar for safe-keeping. Whenever you want to write down a blessing / memory / something you’re grateful for, pull out a piece of paper, write it down (we date ours, too!), put it back inside, and move on about your day. When the jar is full, take a little time to read through all the entries and start the process over as many times as you like!
If you’re more techie than Etsy, you can do a virtual blessings jar with your favorite note-taking app (I love Evernote!) – the point is to take time in your day to enjoy the great little things that happened to you so you focus on the positives in your day!
If you decide to make a blessings / gratitude / memory jar, let me know! I’d love to see your work!